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  • Fibromyalgia is a chronic medical condition characterized by all-over body pain and fatigue. Individuals with fibromyalgia may also experience of a host of other symptoms and have coexisting conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome and depression. The pain associated with fibromyalgia is often more intense at certain pressure points, which may be referred to as tender points.

    Identification

    Eighteen trigger points have been associated with fibromyalgia. Tender points occur in pairs, so tender points occur symmetrically in nine body locations.

    Upper Body

    Pressure points located in the upper body area include the back area of the head above the neck, front sides of the neck, upper back area between the shoulder blades, top area of the shoulders and both sides of the upper chest area.

    Lower Body

    Fibromyalgia pressure points also include the outer sides of the hips and the upper portion of the hips.

    Limbs

    The outer portion of the elbows and the inner portion of the knees are also fibromyalgia pressure points.

    Treatment

    The pain associated with fibromyalgia is often treated with acetaminophen, anti-inflammatory drugs, naproxen sodium and prescription pain relievers such as tramadol hydrochloride.

    Source:

    Mayo Clinic: Fibromyalgia

    Fibromyalgia-symptoms.org: Tender Points

    Fibro-myalgia.com: Tender Points

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